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How to stop Windows 7 from upgrading to Windows 10

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There are lot of users who are still using Windows 7, and for various reasons, they do not want to upgrade their PC to Windows 10. Yet, Windows 7 has a nagware planted by Microsoft which keeps asking users whether they would like to update to Windows 10. This can be quite annoying since there is no direct way to disable this. There is, however, a tricky way to stop Windows 7 from upgrading to Windows 10, or even ask the user about it.

First, check if your PC has 64-bit or 32-bit Windows 7 installed by following the below steps:

1. Click on the Windows Start menu, then go over to Control Panel

2. Inside Control Panel, on the top right there would a dropdown named View by. Check if it is set to Category. If it is, then go over to System And Maintenance, and then go to System. If it is not set to Category view, go over to System directly

3. In System, you'll find something called System Type. Beside System Type, it would be written whether Windows 7 is 64-bit or 32-bit

Now that you know whether your Windows 7 is 64-bit or 32-bit, based on that information you need to download the KB3050265 update using either of the below links:

KB3050265 update (64-bit | 32-bit)

Once the KB3050265 update has been downloaded, follow the below steps to prevent Windows 7 from upgrading to Windows 10:

1. Double click on the KB3050265 update file that you downloaded, and follow the instructions on the screen to install this update on your PC. It might ask you to restart your PC to complete the updation process, please do so and continue from the next step once you are back to your regular Windows 7 desktop

2. If you are using Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium editions, then go over to step 7 below and continue. Otherwise, continue from the next step

3. Search for Gpedit.msc using the search box inside the Windows 7 Start menu. Once found, click on it to open it

4. This should open the Local Windows 7 Group Policy Editor. In the Group Policy Editor, go over to the below policy by navigating on the left side of the pane

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

5. Once you are on Windows Update policy, search for the "Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update" on the right side of the pane

6. Once you have found the above policy, double click on it to open a new window where you would find 3 radio buttons; Not Configured, Enabled, Disabled. Select Enabled, then click on OK. Now you are done, Windows 7 will never bother you again about upgrading to Windows 10. However, as mentioned in Step 2 above, if you are not using Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium editions, then continue to from the next step

7. Search for Regedit using the search box inside the Windows 7 Start menu. Once found, click on it to open it

8. This should open the Windows 7 Registry Editor. Follow the next few steps carefully, otherwise you might end up with a PC that doesn't work

9. On the left pane of the Windows 7 Registry Editor, go over to the below path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

10. When you are on that path, check if there is an entry called WindowsUpdate below Windows. If not, right click on Windows, then click on New, and Key. Once a new Key is created, name it WindowsUpdate. Remember, there's no space in between Windows and Update

11. Click on WindowsUpdate, then right click on the right pane of the Windows 7 Registry Editor, click on New, and then click on DWORD value (32-bit). Finally, name this new key DisableOSUpgrade. Once again, there are no spaces in between Disable, OS, and Upgrade

12. Next, double click on the entry DisableOSUpgrade that you just created. A new window will popup, enter the value 1 in the box called Value and click OK. That's it, you're done!

As I had mentioned earlier, this process can be a bit tricky. So it's best if you keep this article open on your phone while doing it, that way you won't have to juggle between the Group Policy windows, or the Registry Editor window, and this article. If you think this article helped solve your issue, don't forget to give us a thumbs up on our Facebook page.
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